Bean Station man faces multiple charges after traffic stop

RUTLEDGE – A Bean Station man was arrested Sunday, January 3 after a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued for the vehicle he was driving. 

A report filed by Bean Station Patrol Officer Brad French said he was warned to be on the lookout for a reckless vehicle driven by Thomas Blake Wolford, 29. French reported the complainant said the vehicle was “all over the roadway and appeared to be under the influence.” 

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle after French reported seeing the vehicle crossing the shoulder line of Hwy. 25E and weaving multiple times. 

French reported an alcoholic odor coming from the car and asked Wolford how much he had been ++drinking. Wolford allegedly said “too much.” A field sobriety test was conducted and Wolford was reportedly unsteady and not listening to instructions. He was taken into custody and placed in the back of the patrol car. 

Wolford allegedly pulled his handcuffs in front of him while in the patrol car and told French he was going to pee in the backseat before reportedly standing to do so. 

French reported opening the back door to advise Wolford to not urinate in the backseat. Wolford allegedly exited the vehicle and refused to get back in the patrol car. French reported striking Wolford in the abdomen with his right knee to force him into the vehicle and requested assistance. 

Officers were attempting to put Wolford’s handcuffs behind him when he allegedly began actively resisting and fighting. French reported attempting to deploy a drive stun from his taser to gain control of the situation, but deployed a cartridge instead. 

Wolford was reportedly hit with a drive stun twice more before officers gained compliance. He allegedly continued struggling and attempting to kick French while handcuffed, reportedly breaking an antenna on a patrol car. 

Wolford allegedly refused a blood and intoximeter test. Officers reportedly found eight open beer bottles in Wolford’s vehicle, with one containing beer.

Wolford was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on a revoked/suspended license, violation of the implied consent law, resisting stop and arrest, vandalism and violation of the open container law. He was transported to Grainger County Detention Center.